Lucy Bullivant Speaker

Lucy Bullivant

Leading place vision strategist, curator, award-winning author, consultant, founder and creative director of Urbanista

Lucy Bullivant is a place vision strategist, curatorial director, award-winning author, advisor and public speaker with extensive experience of collaborating with and across the cultural, public and private sectors globally.

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Lucy Bullivant’s background

Lucy Bullivant PhD Hon FRIBA is a leading architecture curator, a place vision strategist, award-winning author and consultant who investigates and evaluates innovative synergies in contemporary architecture and urban design between theory and practice across cultures. Through her consultancy, Lucy Bullivant & Associates, she has created and delivered more than 100 groundbreaking and popular projects of public value: educational initiatives and cultural strategies, exhibitions, lectures, books, magazines, media features, videos and public information material on priorities for architecture, urban design, master-planning and place-making.

She provides extensive specialist guidance to clients nationally through her work as Expert – Specialist (Design Council), chair of the Lambeth Design Review Panel, a member of the Brent Council Design Review Panel, Enfield Place and Design Quality Panel and the Yorkshire Design Review Service, and formerly as a member of the London Legacy Development Corporation Quality Review Panel (2012-13). Internationally she has in recent years successfully delivered consultancy projects to Bydel Bjerke local authority, Oslo; University of Qatar; ANCB, Berlin; and the Latvian Development and Investment Agency. Lucy applies her insight, sound judgement and rigour, international specialist research, writing and curatorial skills and experience. She provides expert research-led guidance, she pinpoints priorities and builds resources, enables clients to take advantage of innovative and adaptive ways of thinking and acting.

Lucy was elected an Honorary Fellow of RIBA in 2010 for her services to architectural culture globally. She has a PhD in adaptive planning from the School of Art, Architecture and Design, London Metropolitan University and an MA(RCA) in Cultural History from the Royal College of Art, and is a Trustee of Temple Bar Trust and a Liveryman of the Chartered Society of Architects.

In the early 1990s Lucy was Heinz Curator of Architectural Programmes, Royal Academy of Arts, London, before founding Lucy Bullivant & Associates, her consultancy business working with museums and galleries, publishers, academic and professional bodies on a wide range of projects of public value: exhibitions, strategy, publications, debates and symposia.

As a groundbreaking non-fiction author, Lucy has for 30 years chronicled innovative creative practices in architecture and urban design and their shape-shifting contribution to society. Her book Masterplanning Futures (Routledge, 2012) won Book of the Year at the Urban Design Group Awards, 2014. This award-winning book is a global analysis of the ideals and processes of contemporary adaptive planning, and a second edition will be published in late 2021.

A longstanding investigative journalist, Lucy has, in addition to her focus on liveable urbanism globally for her webzine Urbanista.org, contributed to the Cities and International Development sections of The Guardian, The Financial Times, and been interviewed twice by Forbes magazine; and by ADM (Milan) and Arkitekten (Sweden).

She has given radio and video interviews to Channel 4, Monocle and other European and international tv and print media. Lucy is a widely respected and internationally read critic in the field of architecture and urban design, a contributor to Architects’ Journal, Architectural Review and Domus, some of the world’s most authoritative international architectural magazines. She has also written for Al Manakh, published as a special edition of Volume monitoring new developments in the Gulf Region.

Lucy has given keynotes and moderated for many international clients on Post COVID urban recovery and reinvention. She advocates higher design standards and experimental multidisciplinary strategies for liveable urbanism countering the negative effects of inequality, climate change and globalisation on communities.

Lucy Bullivant's 2022 talks & topics

What makes a city a creative place for everybody

London, Milan, Hamburg, Madrid, Riga, Oslo, Medellín, Mexico City, Brisbane, Shenzhen (some examples of cities Lucy can talk about based on her original research)

The Hyperlocal is not just hype: new media for shared social value

How your smart phone is transforming your sense of place and opening up possibilities for shared social value

Home is where the heart is: designing homes for contemporary lifestyles

Mixed use is not just a developer’s buzz word: progressive developers of homes and their architects are responding to society’s diverse needs

What is a visionary city?

10 non-negotiable principles and values your local authority and developers need to take notice of if they aren’t already

Doing it for ourselves: how co-designing places can produce local social value

The rise of participatory design by local communities and social enterprises with local government and by themselves is opening the door to a new creative era of localism

From Urbanistas to Chicks with Bricks: being an innovative woman in a man’s world

Today’s female pioneers in the built environment – picking up the mantle from their predecessors Octavia Hill, Jane Drew, Jane Jacobs, for example, in the UK and US alone – are transforming planning, development, architecture and landscape. Who are 10 of the best, what have they achieved and what have they got lined up for the world in the coming years?

The soft stuff is the hard stuff

Culture is a key driver of innovative planning and placemaking in the 21st century

Masterplanning futures: how to plan more mindfully for the next generation

The rigid top down masterplan methods of the past are being replaced by a much more holistic and inclusive step-by-step approach with resilience and sustainability as their goal

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